I haven’t been as excited for a FreeBSD release for a while. We get OpenZFS 2 in base, and it’s more polished out of the box for desktop use as well with better wireless support and prettier terminal graphics. Little touches of polish like that make a huge difference.
I installed it on my tiny Panasonic CF-RZ6 I got during AsiaBSDCon 2019—remember travel?—and set to grab the latest packages:
# mkdir -p /usr/local/etc/pkg/repos/ # cp /etc/pkg/FreeBSD.conf /usr/local/etc/pkg/repos/ # sed -i '' -e 's/quarterly/latest/' /usr/local/etc/pkg/repos/FreeBSD.conf # pkg bootstrap # pkg update
Then did a search for the latest graphics for its integrated Intel GPU:
# pkg search drm-fbsd ==> drm-fbsd13.0-kmod-5.4.92.g20210202
And installed, as per the package’s instructions:
# pkg install fbsd-13 # sysrc kld_list="i915kms"
startx(1) for xorg worked!